Abraham Michael “A.M.” Rosenthal (May 2, 1922 – May 10, 2006) was a New York Times executive editor (1977–88) and columnist (1987–1999) and New York Daily News columnist (1999–2004). He joined the New York Times in 1943 and remained there for 56 years, to 1999. Rosenthal won a Pulitzer Prize in 1960 for international reporting. As an editor at the newspaper, Rosenthal oversaw the coverage of a number of major news stories including the Vietnam war, the Pentagon Papers, and the Watergate scandal. Together with Catherine A. Fitzpatrick, he was the first westerner to visit a Soviet GULAG camp in 1988. His son, Andrew, was the New York Times editorial page editor from 2007-2016.
As a foreign correspondent for the New York Times, Rosenthal spent a number of years overseas. In 1954, he was assigned to New Delhi and reported from across South Asia. His writings from this time were honored by the Overseas Press Club and Columbia University.
Rosenthal had a weekly column at the New York Daily News following his run as a columnist at the Times until 2004.
Awards and honors
- Rosenthal was a Pulitzer Prize winner for international reporting.
- He was a recipient of The International Center in New York’s Award of Excellence.
A.M. Rosenthal died in Manhattan on May 10, 2006, eight days after his 84th birthday. He is interred in Westchester Hills Cemetery in Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y. His epitaph inscribed on his grave marker, “He kept the paper straight,” was chosen to memorialize his efforts at the New York Times to deliver unbiased news.
- Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting (1960)
- The Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award
- An honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Colby College
- The Light of Truth Award (1994)
- The Guardian of Zion Award (1999)
- The Presidential Medal of Freedom (2002)